In the past week, one station sale in Michigan has been approved by the FCC with another two just filed, seeking Commission approval.
On September 14, the FCC gave approval to Edwards Communications, LC to assign the license of WHAK-AM (Rogers City) to John Yob’s Mitten News, LLC. The reported price for the station was $12,000. Mitten News has been operating the station under a Local Marketing Agreement since May 18. WHAK operates on 960kHz with 5kw days, 140w nights.
Edwards continues to own and operate WHAK-FM (Rogers City), WHSB-FM (Alpena), WKYO-AM/WIDL-FM (Cass City) and WWTH-FM (Oscoda). The company also owns several stations in Wyoming.
Mitten News currently owns WJML-AM/WJNL-AM (Petoskey-Kingsley) and WWMN-FM (Thompsonville). In addition, the company has a pending application to acquire WYPV-FM (Mackinaw City) from Michigan Broadcasters, LLC. That application was filed in mid-August. Mitten News is operating WYPV under a Local Marketing Agreement.
Darby Advertising, Inc., owned by Kent D. Smith, seeks approval to sell WUPN-FM (Paradise-Sault Ste. Marie) to TSE Broadcasting, LLC. TSE is owned by Timothy S. Ellis of Sault Ste. Marie. WUPN (“Eagle 95.1”) is a class C3 facilitiy, operating on 95.1mHz with 25kw at 71 meters. The sale price was listed in the application as $296,000. The sale also includes an FM booster. TSE has entered into a Local Marketing Agreement to operate the station until the sale is approved.
David L. Smith has filed to sell WMJT-FM (McMillan-Newberry) to Two Hearted Media, LLC. Two Hearted is owned by Travis Sumbera of Newberry. The sales price announced was $100,000. WMJT (“Eagle 96.7”) is a class C2 facility on 96.7mHz with 50kw at 126 meters. Two Hearted has entered into a Local Marketing Agreement to operate the station until FCC approval is obtained.
In early August, David L. Smith filed to swap the license of WWSS-FM (Tuscarora Township) for Black Diamond Broadcast Holding’s WCHY-FM (Cheboygan). The applications filed for that swap are still pending.